Project Description

Thank you for taking time to complete this survey. There are 21 questions which should take about 15-20 minutes to answer.
 
Aging gracefully is something we all strive to do. There are numerous factors which influence a person's independence as they get older. For many people the changes impact their ability to age gracefully, maintaining dignity and some level of independence. Consequently, family members usually have to take a more active role in looking after their aging relative's needs. There are many factors which can impact the care of aging loved-ones that may create challenges. Cultural diversity and being geographically dispersed adds layers of complexity to these situations. For example: people see circumstances differently, may not view solutions the same way and by virtue of distance cannot be as actively involved in care giving. The goal of this survey is to gain more insight into the true complexities of caring for aging loved-ones from a distance.
 
The questions will focus on aging loved-ones, primarily parents or in-laws. However if your situation involves another aging relative, please specify. Even if your loved one has passed away, we are interested in your experience and lessons learned.
 
Each of you has your own set of unique circumstances, please use the comment boxes to provide more details about your situation, especially when you feel the standard answers do not capture the complete story.
 
Because family sizes can vary significantly, a decision about how many variations, had to be made. Consequently, the survey allows for independent answers about up to two siblings (brothers and/or sisters).
 
Thank you for agreeing to participate in this study about caring for aging loved ones. Your responses will be completely anonymous. If you have questions at any point in the survey, please contact:
 
Elizabeth Kelly
Director
Cross Cultural Consulting
e.kelly@crossculture-training.be

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